By Heather O.
I’m just now getting around to reading, “Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith,” last month’s reading for FMH. Ok, I’m a little slow, I know, but I had to get through the Book of Mormon, first.
Anyway, I’m not that far along. I got through the preface, which was surprisingly revealing, and I’ve gotten past the intro, which was equally revealing. Now I’m past the first few pages of the book, and it definitely has my attention. It probably took me about 15 minutes to get through all of that, and I must have exclaimed to DH, “Hey, did you know that….” about 8 times. (Of course, the answer was always, “Oh, yeah, and then does the book mention anything about….” Sometimes it’s hard being married to somebody who seems to know EVERYTHING.)
Anyway, in my 15 minute introduction to this woman, I am hooked. I feel like I want to know all about her, everything, how she thought, what she said, what she ate for breakfast, etc. She went through amazing trials with her first husband, only to feel abandoned and betrayed by his friends (read Brigham Young). She then started a new life with a new husband and a basically new religion, only to have one of her children convert to Catholicism, and have her husband cheat on her and leave her to deal with his illigitimate child, whom she raised (Um, heLLO!)
(*NOTE: The writing of this post was temporarily interupted when I realized that Jacob was spending WAY too long in the bathroom, and I went downstairs to a partially flooded bathroom and a naked boy who was gleefully stuffing toilet paper into the toilet. [Sigh])
So, in a weird way, Emma is becoming one of my heros. One Sunday School teacher referred to her as Mormonism’s “drunken uncle that nobody wants to talk about.” And yet, I think we should honor Emma much more than we do. As my SIL puts it: Poor Emma.
I think that Emma is probably just one unsung female hero of the Restoration, and it gives me pause to consider that there are many others of whom I’m not aware. Any enlightening thougts on any such women? Do they fall into the same category as “Poor Emma?”
And now that the flood is cleaned up, it looks like I have to relinquish the computer for some serious game playing. It’s a sad, sad day, ladies, when you children discover comptuer games.
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